EPA proposes major updates to RFS regulations

On Oct. 3, the U.S. EPA released its proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, which aims to enhance the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program and related fuel regulations to support the growth of ethanol and other renewable fuels.
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BIO analysis finds no link between blend wall, RIN price spike

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a white paper that analyzes U.S. EPA data, challenging the widely accepted assumption that the blend wall caused the 2013 spike in renewable identification number (RIN) prices.
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Green Plains purchases Fleischmann’s Vinegar

On Oct. 3, Green Plains Inc. announced the acquisition of Fleischman’s Vinegar Co. for $250 million. Fleischmann’s Vinegar Co. is the largest manufacturer and marketer of food-grade industrial vinegar.
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USDA: Biobased products industry has major impact on economy

On Oct. 3, the USDA released a new report showing that the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs to America’s economy in 2014. From 2013 to 2014, the sector created new 220,000 jobs and grew by $24 billion.
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U of I economist discusses RIN price increases

Scott Irwin, a professor in the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, provides an explanation of recently renewable identification number (RIN) price increases.
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USDA: Corn use for fuel alcohol up in August

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released the October edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 511 million bushels in August.
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Abengoa reports financial results for first half of 2016

Abengoa has released financial results for the first half of 2016, reporting revenues of EUR 1.215 billion ($1.361 billion) and EBITDA of -EUR 51 million. Within the report, the company briefly discusses its U.S. bioenergy assets.
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E15 retailers benefit breast cancer research

A variety of fuel retailers are participating in promotions benefiting cancer research during the month of October by donating a portion of each sale of E15 to organizations fighting breast cancer.
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Green Biologics selects Caldic as its EU distribution partner

Green Biologics Inc. recently announced a agreement with Caldic B.V. to distribute its biobased, high-purity chemicals, including n-butanol, acetone and other associated product to customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
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Toyota develops DNA technology that benefits feedstock production

Toyota Motor Corp. recently announced that it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology is capable of improving the efficiency of identifying and selecting useful genetic information for agricultural plant improvement.
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DOE BETO hosts biorefinery optimization workshop Oct. 5–6

U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Oct 5-6 in Chicago. The event focused on integrated biorefineries working to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts.
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Renewable Industries Canada: Anti-biofuels report skewed, flawed

Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission has released a skewed, flawed and unacceptable report calling on policymakers to rethink biofuels policies, according to Renewable Industries Canada.
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RFA website now tracking E15 prices, data

Searching for stations offering 15 percent ethanol blends—and prices—just got a lot easier. The website E85prices.com, managed by the Renewable Fuels Association, now includes E15 in its services.
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ePURE: 2030 renewables policy needs strong approach on biofuel

The European renewable ethanol association ePURE is speaking out on EU energy policy, stressing European Commission should apply its own latest available science on biofuels if the EU renewable energy policy is to be a success.
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GRFA celebrates completion of COP21 ratification process

On Oct. 6, Bliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, celebrated the passage of the Paris Agreement reached at COP21. The agreement will enter into force Nov. 4 and become binding on the 197 parties to the convention.
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USGC: Map helps tell story of grain export value to US economy

The U.S. Grains Council recently launched an interactive online map showing the value of U.S. grain exports to farmers and the economies of each U.S. state. The new tool is available at www.grains.org/tradevaluemap.
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RFA announces 2017 officers for board of directors

The Renewable Fuels Association recently announced the election of officers for the board of directors. Mick Henderson, general manager at Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC, will serve as chairman of the board of directors.
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Agenda, experts set for Biofuels Financial Conference Oct. 17-18

Produced by Christianson & Associates and organized by BBI, the event, taking place in Minneapolis, focuses on the best ways for biofuels producers to become more familiar with the latest financial options in today's ethanol and biodiesel industries.
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China issues preliminary determinations on DDGS investigations

The U.S. Grains Council has been working to respond to recent preliminary duty determinations in ongoing antidumping and countervailing duties investigations by China.
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